TikTok Star Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas are the Season 31 Mirror Ball Trophy Champions.
The duo were announced as the winners of the 31st season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, beating out fellow celebrities Shangela, Wayne Brady and Gabby Windey, who were paired with professional partners Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson and Val Chmerkovskiy, respectively.
On Tuesday’s “Good Morning America,” D’Amelio and Ballas talked about their win.
“I think for me, I’ve really given everything I had to this journey and I’ve gotten so much out of it, whether it’s confidence in my dancing, new friends, you know, memories I’ll always remember,” D’Amelio said, adding that she is “so happy” and “grateful” to have had the experience.
Ballas called the experience, his first time at the ‘DWTS’ ballroom in five years, “fantastic”.
“I had a blast, made a great friend and had a blast creating and dancing with Charli,” he added. “And also to be on the floor with all my mates, I grew up with all of them. I loved it. I had a lot of fun.”
For their final dance floor battle, which aired live on Disney+, the four couples performed a redemption routine chosen by one of the judges. The routines selected were those performed at the start of the season.
Read on to see how the night turned out.
Spectacular redemption and freestyle dancing
For their redemption routines, Brady did the quickstep to Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” while Shangela did the quickstep to Rochelle Diamante’s “Queen Bee”. Each got a score of 36.
But it was Windey’s Cha Cha on Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like It (Like That)” and D’Amelio’s Jive on Little Mix’s “Grown” that wowed the judges, each earning a 40.
The final four pairs then competed in one freestyle round. Brady took to the dance floor first with his “Superbowl” routine with his dance partner, Carson, to a mix of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and Ciara and Chamillionaire’s song, “Get Up,” which it earned him a 40.
TikTok star D’Amelio also earned a 40 for his heartwarming freestyle performance to Pinar Toprak’s “Us Again,” which told a story about his love and loss of dance, and then again love for dance. dance.
Windey also earned a 40 for her sizzling Chicago “Cell Block Tango,” which Chmerkovskiy’s wife Jenna Johnson choreographed.
But it was Shangela’s electrifying freestyle on Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” and RuPaul’s “Call Me Mother,” which also featured Shangela’s partner, Savchenko, dressed in drag as Natasha, that set the l whole ballroom.
“I forgot to rate because I was absolutely mesmerized by the whole thing,” Len Goodman said at the end of Shangela’s performance.
“There was chicken too,” he said, emphasizing the moment in their dance where Shangela tossed him a fried chicken leg.
Cheryl Burke says goodbye
Also hitting the rink one last time was Cheryl Burke, who announced her retirement from the show over the weekend after 25 seasons.
The two-time Mirrorball champion delivered a ferocious routine to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana (At the Copa)” with two of her favorite pro dance partners, Louis Van Amstel and Pasha Pashkov.
Before taking the mic, co-host Tyra Banks called Burke a living legend and said Burke was her first memory of “Dancing with the Stars.”
“This is my family,” Burke began. “Every single person that was part of this cast, behind the scenes, before today. Every single person, thank you for believing in me and thank you for helping me find my voice. You guys have been a part of my identity and I thanks to each of you”.
“Professional dancers, celebrities, thank you for pushing me to be the greatest artist I can be. I love you all,” she said as the crowd began chanting her name.
Len Goodman gets his Mirrorball Trophy
Also saying hello to Goodman, who announced his retirement from ‘Dancing with the Stars’ last week. The judge, who has been known as the “tough guy” on the show, was honored with a video montage of all of his memorable moments.
“All good things must come to an end,” Goodman said in the video. “It has been a real privilege for me to be a part of ‘Dancing with the Stars.'”
“I will miss the judges. Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Bruno [Tonioli]we’ve been together since season one. And then Derek [Hough], I think it’s brilliant. I loved being a part of it, it was great,” she added. “Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of ‘DWTS’. It will always be with me. It was so memorable.”
When the editing was done, co-host Alfonso Ribeiro surprised Goodman with his Mirror Ball trophy.
“That’s great and thank you so much,” he said as the audience chanted his name and Inaba, Hough and Tonioli raised their ’10’ paddleboards. “It has been such a joy to be a part of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ This is absolutely the icing on the cake.”
Throughout the evening, past celebrities who attended the show also paid tribute to Goodman, including Jerry Springer, Shawn Johnson and Kristi Yamaguchi.
“I remember how hard Mark and I worked on that top 10 from you, and when it finally came, pure exhilaration. And my best wishes for what lies ahead,” said Yamaguchi.
“When I came on the show, I was an insecure little girl, and thanks to your guidance, love and support, I grew into a woman,” added Kelly Osbourne, who guest starred on season 9 of the show. “And I can never thank you enough.”
‘DWTS’ 2023 Tour Setlist Revealed
If you can’t get enough of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, you’ll be able to see some of them on the street when they go on tour.
During the show, it was announced that Windey will be performing live for all of the tour’s stops across North America. Also performing live in select cities will be Charli and Heidi D’Amelio, “CODA” actor Daniel Durant and “Jersey Shore” star Vinnie Guadagnino.
“We love it so much, we’re alive, we can feel that energy and there’s really nothing that means more to us,” said ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Emma Slater. “We can’t wait for you to come see it.”
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